Grateful Dead Live at Clark University on 1969-04-20
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
crossfades of two short dropouts in Morning Dew at 3:29 and 7:19 crossfade of reel flip in the beginning of The Eleven
fades to begin and end the set all other crossfades were edits of flips between songs where no music was disturbed
no DAE, resampling, or bulk processing of waveform was performed
- SBD > Cassette Master (Ampex C-90, no Dolby) > DAT(M)@ 44.1K via Panasonic SV3700>DAT(1)>DAT(2) > WAV via Sony SDT9000 DDS drive using VDAT0.6f > Soundforge 4.0
- Worcester, MA
- Transferred by
- Rob Eaton and Jamie Lutch
- Clark University
Subject: Bungo Straits-1942
...it might be because a lot of the Dead's music just ain't real grabby in the first place. It has to do with the mode they most often play in: the mixolydian mode doesn't jump out at you, it kinda sits in the background and waits, which is one of the reason their jams are so long: so they can jump on and off when they feel like it, and the audience can too. Hendrix couldn't have played a Dark Star or an Eyes of the World like he could Hey Joe or Voodoo Chile. Could you say the reverse was true?
Subject: Some corrections and amplifications
Bob Echter, the SAB chairman, handed me a pile of cash to pay the airfreight delivery people when they arrived very late the night of 4/19. When they arrived, we loaded the gear into Atwood Hall.
When the Dead crew showed up, I remember thinking, "Wow! These guys get to travel with the band!" There was a jug of lemonade(?) passed around that turned out to be dosed with Owsley's favorite.
According to story, he also managed to dose all of Kirk's band, but not Kirk himself. After the show, Kirk appeared just offstage near the front seats of the auditorium. One of our classmates said something to him that upset him, and he said "Where's my gun?" and started feeling the bags on his walking stick (which had something like animal-skin bags on the sides and a roller skate wheel ont he bottom). We thought it was a joke, but his road manager said, "He ain't kidding, man!" and ducked behind a seat. Everyone scattered, but somebody calmed him down and he departed with our friend, Paul Pena for a night in Boston.
I do remember Mountain Girl showing up at soundcheck. Jerry was clearly pleased to see her. (I had a total flashback to that moment when I saw "This is Spinal Tap" and Jeanette shows up at a soundcheck.)
I still have some photos from the show, taken by Bob Denton.
There was a moment during Kirk's closing set when he asked if there were any requests. Someone in the back of the hall said "Play something straight." Kirk replied, "If you don't dig it, why don't you split?" Legend has it that it was Bob Weir making the comment.
Subject: Best Dark Star I've ever heard.
All around a very mellow show. Easy on the ears and perfect to chill to. Love it.
Subject: I was there, I was bored, still am.
Subject: Anyone know of a download?
Subject: aces are crawling up and down my sleave
Subject: Beautiful Rag
To me, Doin' That Rag is the greatest--partly because I hardly ever hear versions of this one and partly because it is so groovy, with the high and low and fast and slow dynamics. I'm a sucker for dynamics. The lyrics fall at one point but pick back up. Garcia's solo has fantastic energy!--5 stars.
I also love the Dark Star and Death Don't Have No Mercy--55 starss.
No sense in saying anything negative here...
Subject: Nice discovery
Subject: good show, weak recording
but the recording is very hissy, muddy, and at low volume. not to mention there's a bad cut of an otherwise nice Eleven, which is also a big determent. but it's still worth grabbing, as is every April show from '69.
Subject: early christmas present
Subject: To the previous reviewer:
Also, thanks for drawing my attention to this show... I can get kind of burned out on 70's Dead, it's really refreshing to go back to 69 ... It's a totally different sound than what emerged in the 1970's ... In no way lacking ... Just different ... I love 69 Dark Starts - spacey, but still generally melodic and tonal ...
Subject: Second Dead Show at Clark
I was a Freshman in the fall of '67. The Dead made their first appearance at Atwood Hall in late '67 or early '68. They performed a lot of material from Anthem although it had not been released yet. I was sitting near the center aisle when all of I sudden, maybe 40 minutes into the set, Paul MacGalliard goes running down the aisle towards the stage. That's funny, I thought. I wasn't used to seeing Paul, a man of significant size, move so fast. I was working with the theater group, learning stage lighting, and Paul, who was a year or two ahead of me, tolerated me and taught me the ropes. Suddenly I realized that all of the little red lights on the guitar amps had gone out. The Dead had blown out the power, but I was so entranced, I didn't even notice. The stage lights were still on, they were on a different circuit. The band members all picked up percussion instruments and just kept playing. (Maybe this was not the first time this had happened). They kept jamming until Paul threw the breakers and the power came back.
The Dead played a while longer until the circuits heated up and they blew the power again. It was no use, they excused themselves, and promised to come back, which they did in April of 1969. We had new power lines in Atwood, installed especially for them.
Our fabulous Student Affairs Board (SAB) -- RockDoc is absolutely right about them -- used to get great acts at times by trying to add an extra, non-prime night to an existing tour nearby. So if a group came to Boston for a Saturday night, we might try to book them for Friday, that sort of thing. For those who are not familiar with it, Clark's Atwood Hall is an intimate setting. It's a theater with a classic stage layout and balcony, but it seats only 658.
The date of (Saturday) April 19, 1969 on the poster could be correct. In '69 I drove to Boston the night before the gig and helped to collect the band at the Boston airport, and I helped them set up the following day; the performance could have been scheduled for a Saturday. However, the posters were printed far in advance, and plans sometimes changed at the last minute. If the band was running late, (and note that they played Indiana on Friday, April 18), then we would have pushed everything forward one day until Sunday. The band flew and the gear came by truck, and that is a long drive to do in a single day.
There was a small party on the stage before the set, in addition to everything that happened afterwards. And Roland Kirk did have a gun.
So when was the missing first concert? I don't know exactly, but it must have been when the Dead came East for a tour. They appeared in New York on Friday, December 22, 1967. The next earlier date in the database is Wednesday, December 13 in Los Angeles. So it's possible they came to Clark on Friday December 15, or Saturday December 16, 1967, but that would not have given them enough time to drive the gear from California. Another possibility is the first week of 1968, since they played Boston on Saturday, December 30, 1967. They could have played Clark Saturday, January 7, 1968, and had enough time to get back to Bakersfield for their next gig on January 14.
RockDoc brings back lots of memories. Owsley was an educational experience all by himself. I hear that Soupy is still alive and well. I remember that apartment. Bob Weir was right. It was much stranger upstairs.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" April 20, 1969 at Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.
Forty years ago today the GRATEFUL DEAD were playin' at Clark University in Worcester Massachusettes, where were you?
I couldn't be there in 69' but I showed up today, where were you?
Classic Magical, Mythical 1969 Sound.
A "MUST HAVE" Show.
"Dark Star" is as it should be with all the right sounds in all the right places.
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1969 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
5 Stars for the mix, recording, performance and transfer.
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Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1969.
Clark University got lucky this night...Listen.
PS: Get em' while you can, get em' while they're free, get em' now or you'll be sorry...the Man giveth and the Man taketh away...WTTW
Subject: clark show
Subject: Clarkie Experience
The Dead were really phenomenal. They did St Stephen with canon and all. Duprees and Mountains of the Moon were treasures--I had never heard before because the album hadn't yet been released. This was the beginning of a long love affair between me and the Dead. Many visits backstage, first through my close friendship to Andy who got to know Jerry and other member of the Dead family pretty well, and later by my friendship with Steve Marcus, their ticket manager. One of my all-time best memories of Clark, though, was this concert. I'm amazed that it has been preserved all these years. Perfect flashback.
Subject: Mountains of the Moon